Review - Pie Girls by Lauren Clark

Posted on Sunday, October 26, 2014 11:47 PM
Book Title: Pie Girls
Author: Lauren Clark
Series: N/A
Rating:  5 stars

Princess, Southern belle, and spoiled-rotten social climber Searcy Roberts swore on a stack of Bibles she’d never return home to Fairhope, Alabama. After marrying her high school sweetheart and moving to Atlanta, Searcy embraces big-city life—Carrie Bradshaw style.
But now, Searcy has a teeny, tiny problem. Her husband’s had a mid-life crisis. He’s quit his job, cancelled her credit cards, and left her for another man.

Searcy returns to Fairhope, ready to lick her wounds. But when her mother falls ill, she’s is thrust into managing the family business—only to discover the beloved bakery is in danger of closing its doors forever.

Enlisting the help of the adorable bike store owner next door, an array of well-heeled customers, and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Searcy hatches the plan of the century to save Pie Girls.

Pie Girls is a captivating southern chick lit tale about new beginnings and homecomings. Searcy Roberts is your quintessential spoiled, materialistic socialiate whose world is turned on its axis when her husband goes missing on their wedding anniversary. Just when things couldn't get any worse, Searcy discovers a revelation about her husband that changes the course of her life forever. In an attempt to move past the unexpected news about her husband, Searcy returns to her small hometown with her tail tucked between her legs. Searcy moves in with her mother and begins to chart new territory in her much less glamorous life and starts working at her mother's bakery, Pie Girls.

Author Lauren Clark is a unique new voice in southern fiction and has a clear knack for descriptive prose, dialogue, and character development. Here's one example of the great prose throughout the novel:
I see a man in a worn navy t-shirt and a pair of Levi's, frayed at the heels. Though I'd rather not admit it, I can't help but notice that the jeans fit just right, and how his bicep and arm muscles contract when he reaches for a tool or tightens a bolt. Dry-mouthed, I observe the noise-maker for another minute or two. He's singing along to the lyrics, pausing only for a brief air guitar solo.
I also liked how Searcy grew throughout the story and was a stronger, more down to earth woman at the end of the novel than she was at the beginning. By the middle of the novel, I was firmly rooting for Searcy to overcome the obstacles in her life. I'm also a huge fan of anything involving romance, so I loved the relationship development between Searcy and the hunky bicycle shop owner, Luke Nolan.

I highly recommend this novel!

Loren Mathis

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